Manchester City crowned Premier League champions

Darren Moore

Darren Moore

Manchester City have made the Premier League a one-horse race this season and United's defeat confirmed them as champions.

Guardiola and his team had hoped, of course, to win a third championship in seven years in rather more satisfying circumstances: had Guardiola and City beaten Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium last Saturday, they would have claimed the title on home soil, against their fiercest rival.

They clinched the silverware 24 hours later thanks to Albion forward Jay Rodriguez's 73rd minute header at Old Trafford.

Winning the title with five matches to go makes City the joint earliest champions in the Premier League era - matching the achievement of the 2000-01 Manchester United team. City's other two Premier League triumphs, in 2012 and '14, were sealed on the final day.

With 33 games played, City have won an impressive 28, with three draws and just two defeats.

City, though, have won 14 times on the road already and could break the record if they win their two remaining trips, to West Ham and Southampton. They were unbeaten in the Premier League until January 14, when Liverpool ended that unbelievable run at Anfield. Vincent Kompany, trailed by the cameras of Manchester City's in-house television station, was with his family.

"Champions! What a great feeling!"


The 2012 title win had the infamous last-gasp goal by Sergio Aguero.

As for City, it has a month to finish a season with the most points, goals and wins in a single Premier League campaign.

Former England global Gary Lineker, who now work as a television presenter, tweeted: "Congratulations to @ManCity on winning the Premier League title". They've been by far the best team in the league.

Guardiola is the first Spanish manager to win the Premier League, while City also tied United's record by winning the competition with five games to spare.

Jose Mourinho has built a reputation for getting under the skin of opposition managers but the United boss was not up to his old tricks on Sunday.

"It's one of those days that we didn't play good enough and we tried to create some chances in the first half and in the beginning of the second, but we didn't play quickly enough".

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